How to get started with Hootsuite
Making sure you keep up with your social media posting is a headache for many small businesses, so social media scheduling is a godsend.
There are many social media scheduling platforms you can use but one of the most popular ones is Hootsuite.
The free Hootsuite account includes:
- 3 social media profiles
- 30 scheduled message at any one time
- 1 user
But there’s obviously more functionality with the paid plans.
So how do you get started with Hootsuite
1. Create a Hootsuite account
Create your free Hootsuite account by following the prompts.
2. Add your social media profiles
With a free Hootsuite account you can connect three social media profiles to your account from these social media platforms:
Once you’ve created your account, you will see this screen where you can start connecting your social media profiles:
Connecting Facebook to Hootsuite
You can connect Facebook groups and Facebook pages to Hootsuite as long as you’re an admin to the group or page.
First, log into your Facebook account.
You’ll then see a screen similar to this once you’ve clicked the button to connect Facebook to your Hootsuite account:
Click the ‘Continue as’ button and then authorise access to Facebook by Hootsuite by selecting ‘OK’ on a screen that looks something like this:
Now you need to select the Facebook group or Facebook page that you want to add to Hootsuite. The groups are at the top of the list and the pages are lower down.
When you find the Facebook page or group you want to add, check the box next to it.
You now have the option to connect a Facebook ad account to Hootsuite, but this is optional and you can skip over this if you want to – I do!
You’re now done and your first social media profile is connected to Hootsuite.
Now click on the button for the next social media profile you want to add to Hootsuite.
Connecting Instagram to Hootsuite
You will need an Instagram business account for Hootsuite to be able to auto-post to Instagram. If you have a personal profile on Instagram, you’ll either need to use the Hootsuite app on your phone to publish your scheduled posts or you can easily upgrade your Instagram account to a business account.
When you select the button to connect your Instagram account to Hootsuite, you’ll be prompted to log into your Instagram account.
Next you’ll need to give Hootsuite authorisation to access your Instagram account.
To enable Hootsuite to publish directly to Instagram, you’ll then need to authenticate with Facebook so you’ll need to be logged into your Facebook account. However, if you’re happy to use the smartphone Hootsuite app to manually publish your scheduled Instagram posts, you can skip this step by choosing the ‘I don’t want to publish directly’ option. However, you will need to set up the smartphone Hootsuite app.
You’ll now need to enter your Facebook password.
And now give Hootsuite access to your Facebook profile – you have to do this because Instagram is owned by Facebook.
And you’ve now successfully connected another social media profile to Hootsuite.
Connect another social media profile to your Hootsuite account
With a free Hootsuite account, you can connect a third social media profile to your account if you want to. To do this, just follow the prompts after you’ve decided which social media profile to add.
3. Give Hootsuite some information
When you’ve connected your social media profiles to your Hootsuite account, select the green ‘Continue to Hootsuite button’.
Hootsuite will now ask you for some information.
And you’ll then be directed to your Hootsuite dashboard where you can start adding your streams and scheduling posts to your social media profiles.
Sarah Liddle is The Lady in the Shed. She is a virtual assistant specialising in marketing, admin and techie solutions for small businesses, a smallholder, a sheep farmer and a farm bygones dealer. She loves supporting small business owners to do whatever they do by enabling them to use their time more effectively.